Brandon McLaughlin, along with two other freshmen, have 6-2 records this season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 6 Harvard men's squash team will visit two Ivy League foes this weekend as it travels to No. 10 Penn and No. 3 Princeton. The two matches represent the final road matches that the Crimson is slated to play this season.
The Crimson is 6-2 (2-1 Ivy) heading into the road trip this weekend. Harvard will first travel to Philadelphia to take on the Quakers Saturday. The Crimson holds a 67-2 series lead over Penn with the first match dating back to March 9, 1929. Harvard will then make its way to New Jersey Sunday to take on Princeton. In a closer margin, the Crimson leads the all-time series record over the Tigers, 55-22.
Harvard is coming off back-to-back victories over St. Lawrence and Hamilton. The Crimson visited the Saints on Fri., Jan. 28, and left with a 9-0 win. Harvard replicated that effort the next day in its 9-0 defeat of Hamilton.
Nigel Koh improved to 7-1 this season and leads the Crimson with a .875 winning percentage. Five Crimson, including three freshmen, follow with 6-2 individual records this season: J. Reed Endresen, Brandon McLaughlin, Thomas Mullaney, Gary Power and Zeke Scherl.
The Quakers are 4-5 (1-3 Ivy) going into the weekend. Penn began the season with three losses to No. 5 Cornell, No. 8 Franklin & Marshall and No. 2 Yale, but followed with four straight wins, including sweeps of No. 14 Bates and No. 16 Navy. The Quakers will enter Saturday's contest on a two-game losing streak after being downed by No. 1 Trinity and Princeton.
William Browne and John Dudzik hold the best individual records on the Quakers squad at 5-4. Daniel Judd also holds a winning record of 4-3, while Trevor McGinness, Zuhaib Mohiuddin and Akhilesh Nayek all have .500 records.
The Tigers head into the weekend with a 6-1 (3-1 Ivy) record. Princeton had been undefeated before losing a close, 5-4, match to Yale Jan. 29. The Tigers will host Dartmouth on Saturday before welcoming the Crimson on Sunday to Jadwin Squash Courts.
Princeton has swept No. 11 Williams, No. 13 Middlebury and No. 10 Penn, while dropping No. 8 Franklin & Marshall and No. 12 Brown by scores of 8-1. The Tigers are currently second in the Ivy League, behind only Yale.
The Crimson will host No. 1 Trinity Feb. 9, a match that was postponed from Jan. 26 due to inclement weather.